“Eight months after the elections and after 10 privatizations that we did, the state coffers entered seven billion euroswhich will be allocated to the reduction of the public debt”the Minister of National Economy and Finance told SKAI today Kostis Hatzidakis.

Referring to the sale of 27% of the bank Piraeusthe minister spoke of one “global innovation, as on the one hand we were looking for 1.350 billion from the sale of its shares and an amount 8 times greater was offeredon the other hand the share price closed at 3.98 euros on Friday on the Stock Exchange and we sold at 4, i.e. above.

This development proves it strong interest for Piraeus, for Greek banks because National Bank, Alpha and Eurobank came first which also went very well, but it also certifies the investment interest in the Greek economy”said Mr. Hatzidakis.

Asked about it whether an Easter allowance will be giventhe minister was negative.“We gave in January and February. For the visible horizon there is no margin. Everything will depend on how things will develop in terms of budget execution, revenues and expenses”he said characteristically.

Mr. Hatzidakis also mentioned that from 2019 onwards the economy is picking up.

“We have the third strongest growth rate in the European Union and this is what we must ensure”he said.

About him minimum wageemphasized that in a few days its increase will be announcedhighlighting that since 2019, the minimum wage has increased by 20% and the average wage by 19%.

For her issues accuracy, the minister expressed optimism that there will be a de-escalation in the food sector as well, pointing out that “we have left the worst behind us”.